Lately, with all of the commodore club
meet-ups and Living Computer
presentations I've needed to prepare for, I've not had the time for games like I usually do. But I still like to get my Amiga fix each night.
So, to keep things in small bites, I've been spending a lot of my evenings doing one of my favorite things to help me relax and unwind after a long day. This is going to sound really strange, I know. And I'm hoping to post in greater detail with more specifics later. But at a high level, I really enjoy going through Public Domain software disks that I either find in my stacks or online. When I find them online, I'll pull them down onto floppies and load them up like it's 1989 or something.
Then I experience the disk as it was originally packaged for the first time. A lot of them are full of text files - almost like diary entries about Amiga events someone went to. What they saw, what they heard. It's a bit like reading AmigaWorld magazine, but less professional and more personal. I dunno - I just enjoy it.
And, they always come with some cool software (like Icon Master
) and sometiems, when I'm lucky, they'll have some insanely gorgeous images someone either drew - by hand - or scanned, or even grabbed off a VHS tape and digitized. I've been creating a folder full of these. But today I'll share just one. One of my recent favorites. It was off a PD disk
from 1990 - an image from Aliens (1986).
I also drew a new 2-state RAM Disk icon